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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

February 6, 2009

THE PARKS AT CHEHAW, GA (WALB) - Visitors to Chehaw's Wild Animal Park can enjoy a rare site over the next few days, a nesting American bald eagle.

Peppermint Patty, Chehaw's female eagle has been sitting atop an egg for a week.

Zookeepers were surprised when she suddenly scraped together an nest on the ground and produced an egg.

Park officials aren't sure if the egg is fertile.

Even if an eaglet hatches, it won't grow up here in Albany.

"These eagles are all owned by the federal government and they're very tightly regulated, we don't have the space for, nor do we need another eagle, so it's not up to us it'll be up to the government where it goes," said Doug Porter, Chehaw Park Executive Dir.

If the baby does hatch, it will be transferred to the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

They'll release it into the wild since federal law mandates that any eagle that is releasable may not be held in captivity.

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